‘Leave No Trace’ (2018): Written and directed by the filmmaker behind the grim “Winter’s Bone,” this film set in the Pacific Northwest leaves a deep impression on the strength of its performances and vivid sense of place. Ben Foster plays a PTSD-ravaged veteran raising his teenage daughter (an equally remarkable Thomasin McKenzie) off the grid in a Portland city park until authorities intervene. Where the story goes from there is a quiet yet compelling look at the often hidden toll of combat while also offering a nuanced exploration of a father and daughter’s bond as the first steps toward adulthood are taken.
SUSS’ ‘Ghost Box (Expanded): The holidays are nearly here, which means many of us will embark on road trips through the desert or otherwise desolate places. Such environments cry out for a proper soundtrack, and this atmospheric recent album by a New York quintet is a counter-intuitive but rewarding choice once the carols have worn thin and the kids have fallen asleep. An all-instrumental set marked by electronic textures, bent guitars and a far-reaching pedal steel, the occasionally Southwestern-leaning sounds will keep your imagination active as the miles add up on your sleigh.
Digital dance move hijacking: Continuing a well-established tradition of tech companies forgetting to ask permission before doing whatever they like, the makers of the games “Fortnight” and “NBA2K” landed in legal trouble when “Fresh Prince” star Alfonso Ribeiro joined the Floss-inventing “Backpack Kid” in filing suit against the company for co-opting their respective dance moves in the digital world. Just to be on the safe side as we enter a brave new world in intellectual property, maybe all future in-game celebrations should be versions of “The Worm” until this matter is settled.